Chevrolet head into the first of two home races this weekend today with race one of the Chevrolet Belle Isle Grand Prix taking place this afternoon.
The race which is organised by team owner Roger Penske is located just a short distance from General Motors Word headquarters and the engine manufacturer are in a strong position to take victory later today as two of their team partners, Penske Racing and Chip Ganassi Racing occupy seven of the top ten positions on the grid for the opening race.
Last time out at the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil Alexander Rossi in the Honda powered No.98 NAPA Auto Parts Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian took a historic victory, Honda’s first of the 2016 seaon.
Verizon IndyCar Series points leader Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Hewlett Packard Enterprise Chevrolet claimed his third Verizon P1 Award of the season and his third consecutive P1 Award on a street circuit.
The Frenchman will lead team mate’s Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Hitachi Chevrolet while Juan Pablo Montoya in the No.2 Verizon Chevrolet will start the race from third place.
Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon starts the race from sixth place leading two of his team mates with Tony Kanaan and Charlie Kimball starting race 1 from seventh and eighth place respectively.
Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet starts race 1 from 9th on the grid. Chevrolet are in a prime position to take their first victory here since Sebastien Bourdais won Race 2 for KVSH Racing last season.
The highest placed Honda powered driver is James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports entry who is likely to be a factor in the race along with Andretti Autosport’s Carlos Munoz who finished the Indianapolis 500 last weekend in second place. The Colombian will start Saturday’s race one from 5th place in the No.26 Magnetti Marelli Honda.